Camp Fire Inland Northwest is cautiously optimistic that we will be able to offer summer camps to youth beginning in mid-June. Please know that safety is our number one priority. As an American Camp Association accredited camp we will adhere to guidelines for delivery of camp as developed by the ACA in partnership with the CDC.
Some measures we plan to take include Health Screenings at the beginning of programming for campers and staff, common areas will be sanitized at a higher rate. For overnight camp, cabin volume will be decreased and campers will sleep head-to-toe to promote distance while sleeping. We will continue to work closely with local, state, and federal authorities and various other resources to ensure the safety of all staff and participants.
We look forward to providing a sense of community to our youth while doing all in our power to keep them safe and look forward to welcoming your child to a Camp Fire camp this summer.
Camp Sweyolakan is a rustic 300 acre camp on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Mica Bay. Programs are geared for kids ages 5-18 and our youngest campers must be entering 1st grade in the fall. There are seven week-long sessions available and a shorter 2-night mini camp session for those new to overnight camp. We also offer Outbacker Day Camp sessions throughout the summer.
Campers are placed in small groups by age at the beginning of the week and a counselor stays with that group for the entire week. Groups share a cabin, plan their days, and participate in fun activities together.
Visit the Camp Sweyolakan Parent Corner for more information on transportation, packing for camp and any other questions you may have leading up to camp. After registration you will also receive a Parent Handbook and other helpful information to your email address. Don't hesitate to call our office (509-747-6191) if you have any questions!
Open to campers in grades 1-6, Camp Sweyolakan Outbacker Day Camp lets kids enjoy traditional overnight camp - without staying overnight. This is a great way to see if your child would enjoy a week of overnight camp.
An Overnight option is available for kids to sleep over for one night during the week. It includes dinner in the Dining Hall, evening programming along with resident campers, and a delicious breakfast the next morning! An additional fee applies when you register.
Transportation Options offered for no extra fee. Campers under the age of 7 must provide their own booster seat for use in the van. There are four locations in the Coeur d'Alene area to drop off/pick up campers.
Camp Sweyolakan is located on 300 acres of forest on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. It is only accessible by boat. Camp Fire Inland Northwest provides a variety of ways for campers to arrive at and depart from Camp Sweyolakan to and from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas.
COVID UPDATE: In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have reduced the number of available seats on the camp bus (overnight camp) and van (day camp) to allow for social distancing. Bus/van transportation will be available at registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you for your understanding.
Driving Directions to Independence Point (drop off and pick up for all regular sessions)
Driving Directions to Sweyolakan Landing (for Mini Camp, Family Camp & Special Events only)
Camp Sweyolakan is accredited by the American Camp Association, meeting high standards in health, safety, and program quality.
WE BELIEVE THAT:
Camping in the out-of-doors is the normal extension of Camp Fire’s small group-centered program. It is also a unique educational and recreational experience. The outdoor environment reinforces the Camp Fire approach to working with youth. A Camp Fire camp is any place a group of youngsters with mature leadership has an organized, outdoor experience while living in groups. It may be a group campsite in the park, a day camp, on a farm or at a council owned resident camp.
The basic strength of Camp Fire programs anywhere and under any circumstances, is the unique characteristic of the small group and of the attention provided for each individual. The program is an overt effort to confront the great variety of individual differences in a loosely structured, child-centered way. It is a concerted effort to help each child grow to adulthood through their own experiences. Camping is no different. It, too, must emphasize the small group; the individual attention; the acceptance of difference; the loosely structured, child-centered approach.
A Camp Fire camp is a microcosm in which all the elements of life are intensified by the total environment. It is a place where optimum conditions for learning to live with one’s self and with others can be created. It is an outdoor learning laboratory with unique opportunities for campers to understand their relationships with their environment. A Camp Fire camp focuses on the creative enrichment of an individual. It is an oasis for children and adults; a land of fun and adventure and learning where great depth of understanding can grow from the simple.